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Monday, 25 January 2016

Photos Of The Day: Chinese Terracotta Soldier Replicas & Dragons Invade Downtown Zagreb

Here's a few amusing and interesting pics, something you don't see everyday. With Chinese New Year coming up on February 8th, it was decided to erect a bunch of colourful replicas of the famous Chinese Terracotta Army in downtown Zagreb's main pedestrian zone Jelačić Square. Not particularly earth shattering news, but interesting. If the reader is planning on being in Zagreb over the next little while, well now you know and won't be scratching your head wondering what the hell is going on.

I've already posted about Chinese restaurants in Zagreb and Croatia, as well as the growing numbers of tourists from China and other Asian countries and other related stuff, example. (Yep that's right folks, I know it's hard to believe but I've seen it with my own eyes, there's Chinese and other Asian restaurants in Zagreb and all across Croatia, a few examples, nobody actually puts a gun to your head to force you to eat Croatian food all the time. There was a 2011 motion in Parliament to make it a law to eat only Croatian food, but it didn't get the needed majority, so for now it's safe to eat Chinese food), but this whole terracotta soldiers downtown thing was unexpected quirky news to me. This multi-coloured replicas were all the work of a local Zagreb artist and sculptor Marina Marinić.

Sometimes I browse those various archeology/ancient civilizations and paranormal mysteries type websites, because some of the stuff is intriguing and interesting, (I like to know the mysteries and magics) and lots of times I'll come across articles about the original Terracotta Army which is still found in China today. The original terracotta army includes 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, and date back to the 3rd century BCE, which is quite a while ago.

(To put that into perspective, Rome was still just the Italian peninsula and was still centuries away from becoming an empire, the Roman Pyrrhic War had only just recently finished and even the Punic wars against Carthage didn't really start up yet, and they didn't control Sicily yet either. (The Romans, Greeks, Carthaginians and even the Moors and Arabs were all trying to grab Sicily for themselves, there were sword fights all over the place just like in those movies with all the English accents, they even spoke with English accents in Egypt and Jerusalem too) Croatians on the other hand weren't even called Croatians yet, (or even Hrvati tribes either), because neither the Romans or Greeks really knew all that much about what was going on north of them around the Danube river and elsewhere. The early Greek and Roman historians used to just refer to us as the Veneti/Venethi/Venedi, Hyperboreans, or even just nameless unknown Barbarians, which is pretty well what they called everybody and unknown peoples up there beyond their northern empire borders. But actually, the populations that went on to become Croatians later had been around up there since the Bronze Age. We just don't know much about what languages they spoke exactly, names they used or what they called themselves. (Although know we know that the Croatian personal ethnic endonym derives from a name used for the Carpathians in the early common era, a vast and wide expanse of territory centered around the Harvaða mountains, which is what the Carpathian ranges were known as then by those living there. How long it was called Harvaða in those areas nobody is quite sure though, it could have been many centuries and probably even longer) However, Croatian history is even older than that, but I've already shown and explained this previously)

The Christmas and New Years Advent festivities are over now, so this is something different in the meantime, although numerous carnivals are just around the corner too, and the annual Fašnik festival is starting up just down the road in the historic town of Samobor. (More on that at a previous post: 187th-samobor-festival-fasnik-taking-place)

Back to this topic, so there you are, an impromptu Croatian history lesson along with this Chinese Terracotta Warriors history and news item. You can also be sure they practiced martial arts back in the day. (Check out a related recent post about Croatian martial artists) Funny thing though, you don't even see stuff like this around here. I don't recall even once seeing any terracotta soldiers downtown around here at all, lots of Chinese restaurants, stores, television and radio programs but no terracotta soldiers anywhere. Why not at least a big dragon, pagoda or a bunch of giant chopsticks or even a big giant egg roll or fortune cookie., it can even be a big fortune cookie slide. This could very well be another mystery that needs to be solved also. Anyway more info at the links.......



I updated this post a few days later with the below pics, in no particular order. The Croatian President and newly appointed Prime Minister, as well as the Mayor of Zagreb, Chinese Embassy officials and the Chinese Foreign Minister came out to Jelačić Square for some festivities and entertainment. It seems the terracotta soldiers actually light up at night which makes it look even cooler. The evening festivities were a joint project of the city of Zagreb, Beijing and the Chinese Embassy. Chinese New Year this year is February 8th.....


Sunday, 24 January 2016

Croatian Museum Added To The "Google Virtual Cultural Institute Project"

Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb. Image:

This news just came up and seemed interesting, and I haven't done an art, museum or gallery type post in quite some time either. In case you didn't know, Zagreb has lots of art galleries and museums, and I mean lots. (Just a few of the more well known ones HERE) During my last few stays in Zagreb I had a chance to check out a few of them, and Zagreb is right up there with more well known art gallery and museum type cities like Paris, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome etc. Actually it's like that across the whole country too. And there's more newer modern and even private art galleries and museums opening up in Zagreb all the time.

That would be because quite a few Croatian artists over the centuries travelled to other countries and absorbed themselves in various burgeoning art and artistic movements, going back even to before Renaissance times. Many Croatian artists especially in the 19th and early 20th century formed groups in other places and experimented with the newer art school movements and then expanded on what they learned back in Croatia, in effect becoming the founders of various Croatian art movements and schools. (I posted about a few of them, links at the very bottom)

Secessionist styles and motifs like art nouveau, art deco, especially became popular, which in turn then of course affected and included architecture. You see a lot of these various architectural styles on buildings when roaming around in Zagreb, great places to take selfies. I also think it's cool to go to places like this to make one a more well rounded person, even if virtually. Because you can't just go through life always doing the drunken scat orgies and selfies, always just talking about who's kicking, bouncing or dropping the ball, always talking about burgers, grills and popping' caps, or just dissin' various burgers, comparing mall food court fries and dance moves. There's more to life and television than just that.

As for the Zagreb Museum of Arts and Crafts (Croatian:Muzej za umjetnost i obrt) being included in this Google Virtual Cultural Institute, I think it's a great opportunity for people to see what even just this one particular museum has to offer in its collections and exhibits. All kinds of items and not just only old paintings and photographs, lots of edgy stuff mixed in with the more traditional and classical items. The Zagreb Museum of Arts and Crafts was established in 1880, by the initiative of the Arts Society and Croatian painter, art historian, curator and politician Izidor Kršnjavi.

The Google Cultural Institute was launched in 2011 in an effort to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to digitally preserve it to educate and inspire future generations. The Cultural Institute includes over 6 million items – photos, videos, and documents and has partnered with a number of institutions to make exhibition and archival content available online, including the British Museum, the Museo Galileo in Florence, and the Museum of Polish History in Warsaw, now the Zagreb Museum of Arts and Crafts is included also. Take a peek at what there is to see.....

The permanent display at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb extends over three floors at more than 2000 m² of museum space and includes about 3000 exhibits. The displayed objects illustrate the shift of stylistic periods from Gothic to graphic and product design of the period from 1950s. The objects are part of museum's diverse collections of ceramics, clocks and watches, glass, graphic design, ivory, furniture, metal, musical instruments, painted leather, paintings, photography, bookbinding, product design, sculptures, textiles, fashion accessories and varia. The historical review of artistic styles is complemented with independent thematic units, such as religious painting, sculpture and metal, devotionalia, and Judaica.

"A Century of the Wristwatch." collection:

Above is a screenshot from the Collection of the Museum of Arts and Crafts Wristwatches collection entitled "A Century of the Wristwatch." This one I personally find interesting and cool because I sort of have a watch collection. Nothing huge like hundreds or dozens or pricey, just mostly including a few faves like Citizen, Bulova, Tissot, Omega, Seiko, some cool Casio's and a few others, some of them chronographs and dive watch style. (a few of the limited edition official Casio Edifice Red Bull watches are pretty cool) You can never go wrong with wearing the right watch for the right situation, watches can tell a lot about you depending on the style and design, if anything that you like to know what time/date it is in as short amount of time as possible. And you don't have to blow mega bucks either. I actually just recently picked up a great deal on a Citizen, and i'm no wristwatch guru but I  know for a fact that this recent Citizen will keep more accurate time and will have way less maintenance/problems than a Rolex, Breitling or a Breguet. (I've read quite a few things here and there and there's absolutely no need to sell your car just to fix your watch or know what time it is) Yep, this history of watches collection seems pretty cool.

I will just add that I also disagree with what the narrator says at the end of the related wristwatch collection exhibit video I added below, that wristwatches in the modern cell phone age have become mainly fashion and status accessories. No frikin' way do I agree with that. Wristwatches can come in different styles and designs that the wearer can choose from and prefer for personal reasons, but it's mainly about the functionality and knowing the time. (The wearer already has an option right from the start to buy either a watch or a bracelet, how many guys do you see walking around wearing a bracelet? Exactly)

For instance, if you need to know the time or day/date right away, with a watch you'll know within a second. You're not going to be fumbling around checking your pockets for where your cellphone is. What if your phone was turned off? Now you have to wait around for the phone to turn on. What if the battery is dead because you forgot to charge it? What if you lost or forgot your phone at home? Then what? You'll be lost and late all over the place, you'll be like a pinball bouncing around all over the place confused about what time it is, what day or date it is. "Where am I?"... "What time is it?"...."What day is it?"...."Is it noon yet?"....."How did I get here?" etc.

Also what if you're stranded on an island or lost in the forest and your cellphone is broken or the battery is dead or it was eaten by a bear? What then? You might as well use the smartphone to open coconuts with or throw at birds for food then. (Actually you can even use the watch to hit birds with for food and there would be less chance of it breaking, you can also use a shiny watch to lure fish to the raft and then scoop them up for food, wristwatches are like magic) With a wristwatch you'll be able to know what day and time it is, you'll even be able to find out true north and true south so you can hike back to civilization or build a raft and sail in the right direction, and not sail further away from civilization or hike deeper into the forest, then maybe even come across folks like those butt-fucking hillbilly Pentecostal/Baptist rapists in Deliverance or worse, get your soul ripped to shreds and then stuffed down your motherfucking pointless throat by the Blair Witch, you'll be damned then, she'll then send you back to hell and you'll be cursing about about why you weren't wearing a wristwatch. (This is no joke, many hikers died because they were walking around in circles lost and disoriented, they were close to civilization all along but they just didn't know true north or true south to be able to walk in a straight line to walk to the closest Walmart) THE WRISTWATCH WILL FRIKIN' SAVE YOUR LIFE!!!

What if you're taking a shower and suddenly it occurred to you that you have an appointment that morning? Do you have time to shampoo and condition your hair or should you get out now? Quick what time is it? Ohhh, but your phone is charging in your room and you're not wearing a watch, now what? What if you need to perform CPR on someone?, applying 100 thrusts every minute and checking breathing every 10 seconds. What then?..."Is it 10 seconds yet?...People is it a minute yet?...Does anybody have a cellphone? "Does anyone know if it's been 10 seconds yet?"..."Does anybody in the room have a cellphone for the love of Pete's cripes sake damn it all!!!" The person will die all because of you, all because you weren't wearing a watch.

That's my opinion about that, wristwatches come in different designs and styles that the wearer can prefer, but the wristwatch is also a necessity, practical and more reliable for knowing the time over just using your mobile phone. You can even ask Apple and other smartphone manufacturers if they think wristwatches are just an accessory and are going to be replaced by phones. For me, my wristwatch is my primary go to item to quickly know what time it is and where true north is. (And it could and probably will save your life)

The virtual museum live view:

Here you can browse through the whole museum like you're there, get a feel of the place and know what to expect and see if you're planning on being there in person. It's much, much more than just Croatian artists and art history, like I said, but also includes items from numerous other times, styles, artistic movements and countries. Hit the link above, you know what to do.

Footage from some Museum of Arts and Crafts exhibits in 2013. (I gotta get me one of those cool art nouveau lamps or bottle openers)


Official Zagreb Museum of Arts and Crafts website:

Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb

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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Croatia To Build New Ultra-Luxury Passenger Cruise Ship "Scenic Eclipse" (Photos+Video)

The new Croatian built "Scenic Eclipse" will sail the 7 seas using the most up to date innovative technologies as well as be an ultra-luxury passenger cruise yacht.

I'm not going to get too in detail about this new ultra-luxury yacht being built in Croatia, all the details and information is in the article, or you can just watch the added video. But after Googling around a little bit I came across at least a hundred different articles and blog posts about just this particular news. I thought, well, I better do this one then, and let people know it's being built in Croatia also.

I touched upon Croatia's long naval and shipbuilding history in a few posts, (those links are below), Croatia's current shipbuilding sector slowed down a little bit after the world economic crisis a few years ago, but recently it has been steadily growing and getting back to previous numbers. So this news is definitely good news for cruise ship fans everywhere. (Which all makes sense, being that Croatian shipbuilding history actually goes back through the centuries to the early middle ages and it's not just something recent. The history of the Croatian Navy also goes back to the same times to at least the 8th century, but that's another topic).

Another thing I like about this story that just occured to me, is that the mentioned Croatian shipbuilding companies have already for a while been building ships and vessels for the Croatian Navy, Coast Guard and Police, mainly various class missile boats, landing/assault ships, minelayers and various patrol ships. But if they really had to they have the means and technological capability to easily build the much larger ships, battleships, destroyers and heck even aircraft carriers. However, I think the chances are pretty well zilch that Slovenia, Montenegro, Italy across the Adriatic or even Greece down the way will attempt a naval attack or amphibious assault on the Croatian coast and vice versa, so it's just mainly national territorial maritime border security ships and as part of Nato, EU maritime forces (besides the inland variable yield nuclear tipped missiles will take care of that anyway).

Brodogradilište Split, aka Brodosplit shipyards, ( is based in the city of Split, (obviously) has already for years been building super-large container ships, ferries, passenger ships, oil tankers, (example) as well as the Croatian Navy warships/police boats mentioned earlier and other marine transport vehicles, but this shows that Croatian shipyards can still make top notch quality fast response Croatian Navy/military ships today. There is also the city of Pula based Tehnomont Brodogradilište which also makes large ships and boats for export, especially lately for the Croatian Coast Guard and the Police Patrol Boats mentioned. (Interestingly Brodosplit even won a contract last year to complete the ‘Save Venice From Flooding’ Project, a system including 63 huge steel gates and one of the biggest construction projects in Italian history, they're practically saving Venice basically, how's that for interesting? (you know, Venice like that gondola guy on those Ragu spaghetti sauce labels, that's in Venice and not just some guy on a boat probably many people don't realize). The gates will also thwart any future shore landing attempts by Ra's al Ghul and his minions if necessary, intelligence reports last year reported his dastardly plan is to transfer the entire populations of Egypt, Libya, Algeria and the whole Middle East into Italy and Greece by 2030 before then taking over North America, China and Japan, he's just plain diabolically evil that guy). Case in point, Uljanik Group shipyards was chosen to make this beauty seen below.

3Maj Shipyard (Treći Maj Brodogradilište) in the city of Rijeka is another one that has a long history of building all kinds of large ships, oil tankers, container ships, ferries, passenger ships and not just oyster, lobster/crab and shrimp catching boats or just those touristy river rafts like some people think (example). The first docks were erected in 1892 at first as an affiliate to the German Howaldtswerke from Kiel. 3Maj was recently incorporated into Uljanik which are based in the town of Pula. A few other ones I should mention since on the topic are the Dalmont Brodogradilište Kraljevica (aka Kraljevica Shipyards) in Kraljevica near the city of Rijeka, which has a history of shipbuilding since being founded in 1729, these days including building commercial ships, military vessels, and superyachts. The Viktor Lenac Shipyard (Croatian: Brodogradilište Viktor Lenac) was founded in 1896 near the city of Rijeka, it at first specialized mainly in ship repairs and lengthenings, today it has three floating drydocks, a large offshore construction site and it specializes in ship conversions and gas platform construction. Over the years it has even signed a number of contracts to repair and overhaul various US Navy ships (including the US Navy's 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney). And the Brodotrogir Shipyards in the town of Trogir near Split is another one building large container ships, ferries, passenger ships and oil tankers etc, with even documented historical mentions of shipbuilding in the town going back to the Middle Ages, so nothing new there.

The Scenic Eclipse is going to look not too shabby, not too shabby at all. I'm no cruise ship expert or plan to go on any cruise ship any time soon, but it's definitely good to know that Croatia is doing it's part in people enjoying their time cruise ship sailing the 7 seas and having fun while at it. I hope they add some kind of plaque somewhere to let people know it was built in Croatia. I don't know yet who's going to christen the ship or if there's going to be strobe lights or a big disco ball hanging in the entertainment/recreation area, there very well could be. I'll let you know when the time comes. I also found out that this same Uljanik Group shipyard signed a contract to build three 740 foot Seaway Max self-unloading bulk freighters for the Algoma Central Corporation shipping company in St. Catherines Ontario, more on that at Good news for Croatian shipbuilding again as well as their customers world-wide, Croatian shipbuilding saving jobs and lives and making the world a progressive and better place.

This future vessel is being billed as the "world's first discovery yacht;" it will have the highest passenger ship ice-class rating - 1A Super - allowing it to operate even deep into the Arctic and Antarctica, where it will spend three months of the year. Anyway, below is a sneak peek of the new Scenic Eclipse ultra-luxury yacht that will be coming to a port near you in 2018....


Cruise News - Six Star Scenic Eclipse Will Raise The Bar For Super-Luxury Ships

Scenic Eclipse is being built in Croatia and will launch in August 2018.


With two helicopters, a submarine and six-star status, it’s a mix of all-inclusive ultra-luxury and innovation that might even have billionaire superyacht owner Roman Abramovich casting envious glances. Scenic Eclipse – billed as the ‘world’s first discovery yacht’ – is being built in Croatia and will launch on August 31, 2018.

With a cruising speed of 17 knots and 16,500 gross tonnage, she will carry 228 passengers in 114 all-veranda suites and have the maximum passenger ship ice-class rating to allow her to visit the remotest regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. Guests will be able to take to the skies for excursions on two on-board helicopters – or plunge beneath the waves in the ship’s seven-seat submarine to view marine life.

For the more energetic and adventurous, there will be a fleet of rigid inflatables and kayaks on board, plus scuba diving and snorkelling equipment.High-end extends to the cuisine, too, with six on-board dining options ranging from French and Pan Asian to Italian and casual al-fresco.

For that essential pampering there’s a spa with indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and plunge pools plus a gym with a separate yoga and Pilates studio. Prices will be released when cruises go on sale next month and her maiden voyage will be from Istanbul to Venice and on to the Americas and Antarctic.

Described as the world’s first discovery yacht, Scenic Eclipse is being built by Australian tour company Scenic for launch in August 2018. She will carry 228 passengers and almost the same number of crew to look after them.

All cabins will be suites with balconies and butler service. None is smaller than 32 square metres. At 233 square metres, the two-bedroomed Owners’ Suite – the best room on board - is bigger than a tennis court.

Eclipse will have six places to eat including French, Pan-Asian and Italian restaurants, a heated pool with retractable roof, a 240-seat theatre and a spa. For those keen to stay in shape, a gym has a yoga and pilates studio.

Scenic Eclipse is being built in Croatia and will sail the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and Americas, and also to the Arctic and Antarctica. She will carry 12 inflatable Zodiacs (tenders) to take passengers ashore in remote locations, as well as kayaks, snorkelling and scuba equipment.

The Scenic Eclipse will be built by Croatian shipbuilding company Uljanik and sail the seas in 2018. Billed as the "world's first discovery yacht;" it will have the highest passenger ship ice-class rating - 1A Super - allowing it to operate deep into the Arctic and Antarctica. (Now would be a good time to start saving those empties and reserve yourself a ticket. Don't forget to pack your bathing suit and dancing shoes, also importantly please do not feed the penguins or walruses)


Scenic Eclipse Overview

Scenic’s entry into the ocean cruise market, the premium-class Scenic Eclipse will be the first ocean cruise ship from the line. Featuring the sleek profile of a luxury super yacht, the all-suite, 228-passenger ship (200 on Arctic cruises) will boast some seriously impressive features such as an aft marina with fleet of Zodiacs (exploration landing crafts), two helicopters and a seven-person submarine. High-end hallmarks of the ship will also include close to 1:1 staff to guest ratio, lavish Karen Moroney interiors and a deluxe all-inclusive onboard plan. The ship will also have the highest passenger ship ice-class rating -- 1A Super -- allowing it to operate deep into the Arctic and Antarctica, where it will spend three months of the year.

The 16,500-ton, 10-deck vessel is under construction in Croatia by the Uljanik Group and will embark on its maiden voyage from Istanbul to Venice on 31 August 2018.


The 114 cabins are all suites featuring private verandahs and separate living rooms. Entry-level accommodation starts at a spacious 32 square meters (344 square feet) and goes up to the 233-square-meter (2,507-square-foot) Owners Penthouse Suite. Each suite will also have a butler service.


The vessel will feature six onboard dining options including contemporary French fine dining, a pan-Asian eatery and an alfresco inside/outside restaurant on the Pool Deck. Passengers will also be able to choose from an Italian and steak restaurant, a café lounge and in-room dining around the clock. There will be no surcharge for any onboard dining and complimentary drinks will include top-shelf brands.

Entertainment and Activities

The Eclipse’s heated pool is to feature a retractable roof, while a 450-square-meter (4844-square-foot) spa will have indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi tubs (one on the Sun Deck), plunge pools and an extensive range of high-end spa treatments. Fitness facilities will also include a gym with a separate yoga and pilate studio. Less leisurely activities will include kayak, Zodiac and scuba and snorkelling adventures, as well as shore excursions (all included in the rate). The passenger numbers will be limited to 200 during polar expeditions, allowing several landings per day for passengers. The helicopters and submarine will allow passengers to get closer to the wildlife than by boat, but incur additional charges. Other facilities are to include four bars and lounges, plus a 240-seat heater.

 Largest Container Ship To Ever Visit North America Docks At Los Angeles Port With Croatian Captain Velibor Krpan At The Helm

Lastly, here's some recent bonus ship related news I found interesting enough to throw in here. Not as glamorous as a luxury super-yacht, but interesting still. The largest container ship ever to visit a North American port recently arrived at the port of Los Angeles. (That's not just the largest ship at the Los Angeles Port but at any North American port....ever) And the captain of the ship was a Croatian, Velibor Krpan.

"When I was 22 I became a cadet at the Croatian company Croatia Lines from Rijeka. I continued my career on ships with one German company, and in 2002 I joined the team at CMA CGM, who own the world’s largest container ships," Krpan told GCaptain in an earlier interview.

The 398-meter, 18,000 TEU capacity MV CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin caused quite the commotion in and around Los Angeles as it was the topic of the day on numerous television morning shows, news stations, radio and other media, even the Mayor of Los Angeles and other Vip's showed up for a big media day at the Port of Los Angeles to welcome the behemoth.

The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is about a third larger than the biggest container ships that currently visit southern California. Some footage of Captain Velibor Krpan and the official ceremonies below. More information at

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Stop Motion Photography : "Alphabet Soup" & "Zagreb Then & Now"

This quick post I found interesting, I'll file it under artistic, interesting photographs, smartphone photography, stop motion photography or just Zagreb, whatever. And it just goes to show you that you don't have to go out and blow thousands of dollars for video/photography editing equipment these days. If you have a descent smart phone and the right apps, you're pretty well good to go. I've come across a similar type of "then and now" photography project before, but that one was about Detroit, which really didn't have the same effect at all.

In a nutshell, Ognjen Ivanović who is a Zagreb based artist did another one of his stop motion type photography projects which have been fairly popular in Croatia since his first one last year, especially in Zagreb, getting lots of likes and accolades on social media. The whole idea started out as just hobby, and for just this one creative video he used over 1,740 photos and a plain ol' bowl of alphabet soup.

As you already know there are 30 sounds and letters in the Croatian alphabet (aka Hrvatski abeceda) and it contains diacritics as well as digraphs, so it would be sort of difficult to go that route obviously, this bowl of soup instead used just your typical English language alphabet letters, like you would buy in the grocery stores, but a reader of Croatian still shouldn't have a problem reading the lyrics at all. The soup letters spell out the lyrics to his own song performed by him. That just about sums it up, this latest video of his is below....

Like I mentioned, his first go at this type of photography/filming was earlier last year started out as just a spur of the moment hobby. He used over 1,300 photos for that one, a project he named "Zagreb Then and Now." Incorporating old and turn of the last century images of Zagreb within modern day images that he personally photographed, he then painstakingly and perfectly blended the images resulting in a pretty interesting and creative video. I've been at pretty well even location he photographed and I must say it looks pretty cool and gives another interesting perspective, too bad they didn't have cameras back in medieval times, that would have been cool too.

He points out that he "wasn't looking for perfection, but something that would be almost the same moment", and all without the aid of any fancy shmancy editing programs either.

In that first video from last year, it took him about a week to do for just a couple minutes of video footage, but it incorporated more than 1,300 pictures. He's already got more similar projects on the go. Below is that first stop motion video of Zagreb he did from last year....


"Zagreb Then & Now", incorporating old and images from the turn of the last century within images of modern day Zagreb. 

Full  behind the scenes interview:

Below are a few of the images he used. More images and interview at

This one is actually the town of Pula, so he might be doing that town down the road too.

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